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Tip leads to large heroin bust

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Nearly $100,000 worth of drugs is off the street tonight. The New Hanover County Sheriff's department says this is its largest heroin bust to date. Working on a tip, deputies stopped a vehicle Saturday night driven by Sherron Smith. Authorities say they found more than 2,000 bags of heroin, and over $6,000 dollars in cash inside. Smith, Richard Middleton, and Joseph Perry were arrested on multiple drug charges in this bust. Sheriff Sid Causey says his department's work isn't finished yet. "We would like to move up and get the supplier where ever he or she may be. Everybody has a person that they purchase from and we'd certainly hope to do that," said Causey. The sheriff's department says it will look to press federal charges. Sheriff Causey says it's not known whether the seized heroin is linked to recent overdoses we've mentioned in the news, but that the overdoses did prompt deputies to step up their investigation.

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Keep putting these heroin dealers in jail Sheriiff Causey

I don't know what a bag of heroin costs, but I know that Two thousand Two hundred bags of heroin is alot of "junk" as we called it back in the early 80's. The people who split hairs about the value of the drug, rather then looking at the thousands of bags the Sheriffs Dept Vice unit kept from hitting the streets, obviously are drug dealers or anti Causey. Could this be because their candidate didn't win the last Sheriffs election. Keep up the good work Sheriff's Dept. Sheriff Causey, if you seek re-election, you have my support.

Not his Crime

It's true that not everyone is guilty and it's sad how people are so quick to judge without knowing all the circumstances, especially when we are talking about someone like Joe Perry. I've worked with Joe for over 5 years and know him to be a warm, kind, caring man with an incredible work ethic. He even called from prison to let us know that he would not be in as he was worried about losing his jobs, yes JOBS, 3 of them. He had been looking into a 4th part-time job in security because his wife was complaining that they didn't have enough money. His wife, one of the others being held in this case, had gotten sick quite awhile back and he stayed by her side, cared for her and their 2 children AND kept working to pay the bills. I ask you, would a drug dealer work that much?? Several weeks back, Joe confided to me that he and his wife had split up and that she had asked him to leave because she wanted to lead her own life. He was devistated. He was staying with his mom and would go back to his house on occassion to watch/visit his two girls and/or use the computer at his house. He hadn't even been living in the house, how could he have known what was going on??? The house belongs to him, but the heroine didn't, I believe this in my heart and so do the people I know that know Joe. As for me, I miss my friend very much and would gladly stand up for him in court if need be. He is an honest, hardworking man and doesn't deserve what has happened to him. As for the other 2, I pray that justice will serve them what they deserve for what they were trying to do to society and for what they have put my friend Joe and his family through. If there is ONE innocent man in all of New Hanover County prison, it is Joe Perry. We miss you Joe. You are in our prayers.

Uhhh, yea

Umm, sure thing.

Response to "Everyone is not always guilty"

In response to "Everyone is not always guilty"...The only prayer I have for those two people is that they'll be put away for such a long time, they'll have trouble remembering their own names. Prayers for their souls? Ha! They were caught red-handed with illegal, deadly drugs that were, possibly, going to be used by someone in your circle of relatives, friends, or colleagues. As I say, the only prayer I have is that justice is served in the proper way and that they will be jailed for a long, long time. How would you feel if they sold heroin to your son? Would you then claim that not "everyone is not always guilty"?

not guilty

Joe Perry is not guilty. he is a hard working young man that takes care of his family without the use of selling or bringing drugs into the Wilmington area. he works 3 jobs and does everything in his power legally to do this. yes, while his wife was sick for 7 to 8 months, he stood by her side, and took care of her, and their 2 children, and their household. he was raised by loving and well respected parents, that have instilled those values into him. and those values he has used in his life. i know that sometimes children may have been raised in this way sometimes turn aside from those high moral standards, but Joe Perry is not one of those cases. he keeps to those high moral standards. so that being said Joe Perry is innocent. and i personally have known him for over 25 years.

drug bust

I commend the sheriff department for the work that they have been doing to remove drugs from Wilmington... Drugs are a Horrible!!!! I hate to be negative..... BUT I want to know why is it that Sid Causey wants to do something know... When he has been in law enforcement forever... And all of a sudden he wants to perform... Well it wasnt until Wilmington Police Ralph Evangelous decided to step up and take control.... Did Sid want to get in... I commend you as well Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous!!! Continue to do what you do!!! You have ALOT of SUPPORTORS!!!!Thanks for putting FIRE to his bottom!!!!! Back to the drug bust..... THANK GOD!!!! any off the street is better than none...

EVERYONE IS NOT ALWAYS GUILTY

DONT JUDGE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THEIR SITUATION. SHARRON AND JOSEPH YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.

RICHARD MIDDLETON

RICHARD IS MY FATHER BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO THE PEOPLE WHO DNT CARE ABOUT HIM RICHARD IS A GREAT MAN HE JUST GOT IN TO SOME TROUBLE AND EVERY BODY MAKES MISTAKES R U POLICE THAT PERFECT THAT U DONT THINK A BOUT NOBODY BUT YOUR STUPID JOB THE REAL POLICE SHULD BE THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY GET ARESTED BECAUSE THE POLICE DNT THINK ABOUT NOTHIN BUT THERE JOBS AND WHOEVER CONVICTED HIM I HOPE GOD GIVES U WHAT U DESERVE BECAUSE HE HAS 3 LITTLE GIRLS WHO ARE GOING TO GROW UP WITHOUT A FATHER I MISS HIM A LOT ILY DADDY P.S IM NOT SAYIN HE DID THE CRIME AND THAT HE SHOULDNT DO THE TIME ITS JUST A LITTLE DRASTIC FOR THAT MUCH TIME

You are kidding, right?

I do hope you are kidding with your "prayers" comment with those charged! While they do deserve prayers as we all do, they were arrested for a reason, it was in their freakin' pockets!!!. You wouldn't by chance be one of those anti-war protesters littering S. College and Oleander holding a sign that reads, "TERRORISTS ARE HUMANS TOO!" would you? I suppose you know what my guess is.......

"Severe Inflation" has severe jealousy

So.. Mr. False Numbers.. what is your deal? Some of these respondents think you're a drug user or a drug dealer. No folks.. he's none of those. He's a former cop who couldn't make it and now has to bash the Sheriff's Office in any way he can to retaliate. That's how he knows so much about the weights and the cuts. The fact is that it really doesn't matter what the weight is and it doesn't matter how they recovered it. What matters is that it's off the streets of New Hanover County. Don't try to bring down the rest of the county with your negative comments. These guys do the best they can with what they've got... don't be jealous, be proud. Oh, and if your going to be defensive with fancy numbers and such, at least use spell check. "Qauntities" is spelled quantities. Be proud of those who serve this county!

Drug Bust

Amen !! I say thanks also. The more street drugs gone the less crime in our town. Keep up the good work officers.

Response to sender of "Severe Inflation"

Reading your e-mail to wwwtv3.com regarding the prices and weights of heroin, it would seem that you know your stuff (no pun intended!) And from the detailed information you provided in your e-mail, I would guess that you have been involved (to some degree) with drugs, either as a user or knowing a family or friend who is/was. If this is so, you surely know the gut-wrenching pain of addiction not only to the user but, also, to the user's nearest and dearest. My question to you is: Are you able to give any tips to the local police about the "people" involved in drug dealings? If you do (and you decide to make a phone-call to the local police), please know that there are many fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and grandparents who would (privately) thank you for helping to rid Wilmington of pushers and dealers.

Sheriff's Department/Recent Heroin Bust

Hey! A good idea would be to call the Sheriff's Department (798-4200) and ask for Sid Causey's office. Once through, you can simply leave a message re: the recent heroin bust to say "Thank you." This way, the Sheriff's Department will know that members of our community greatly appreciate all that they are doing to remove drugs from the streets, alleyways, etc.

Heroin Bust by Sheriff's Dept.

Whatever the weight, actual cost to dealers and users, the grim and awful facts remain: Drugs especially heroin and crack cocaine (almost always) ruin the user's life and cause untold misery and heartache to the drug abuser's families. This untold misery and heartache--all too often--includes the drug abuser's children. Now, if only those caught in the recent heroin bust are given jail sentences worthy of their crimes: Long! This way, they can spend miserable days/weeks/years behind bars where they aren't able to provide the drugs to abusers. Perhaps the scum who sell/deal drugs experience the same misery as the drug abuser's families do.

drug bust

I am so proud of all the hero's that risk their lives every day to keep us all saft. Thank-you for taking more drugs off the streets. I have seen first hand the grief that comes with watching a love one suffer because of that poison. May God bless each and every one of you and I pray that he keeps you in his care.

Heroin Bust

Good show, glad to see this poison off the streets and the scumbags in jail.....superb job!

2200 bags of heroin off the streets

Nice Job New Hanover County Sheriffs Office. I've noticed lately that your men and women have made some big arrests of folks bringing this junk to our town. Keep up the good work!!

Severe Inflation

Ok, once again, lets have a look at the truth of these numbers. 1 bag of heroin = $20(max) $100,000/2,000 bags=$50 per bag The maximum value of this heroin if $40,000. Often the "value" of drugs are inflated by law enforcement because the drugs will be cut before they get to the user, especially in dealing with large qauntities of cocaine and heroin. In the case of this heroin, it is already packed individually and rarely if ever is the cut further(usually because brands or "stamps" have an expected purity level which users know to pursue.) These bags go for $20 at the most, and usually less if a user buys several(While bags are typically thought of as a dose, quality depending, most users consume more than one at a time.) Also, these bags typically weigh .06g or 6/100 of a gram. Therefore, the weight of this seizure is likely 120 grams - a little less than an eighth kilogram and a little more than a qaurter of a pound. While this is no small amount, it is a mere drop in the bucket of what this town consumes in say a week. As for the gentlemen who were transporting the drugs, they are facing a substantial amount of time in prison. If prosecuted in state court they will receive approx. 18-23 years for each count of trafficking (NC laws allow for multiple charges of trafficking arrising from a single incident or seizure, i.e. trafficking by possession, trafficking by transport, trafficking by conspiracy, etc.) If they are federally prosecuted many factors will be considered (Prior criminal history, presence of gun in vehicle, cooperation with authorities of accused and others, duration and amount of drugs attributed to their conspiracy to distribute, and many more.) I will say that this is a sign of good work on behalf of the Sheriff's Vice and Narcotics team, but the plain and simple false numbers they are reporting is unacceptable. They know good and well how the drug game goes as they deal with users and dealers daily and get their information primarily from these folks (You don't think they just happened upon 120 grams of heroin, do you?) As for the defendants, better see about a plea bargain!

Cost of drugs

This reminds me of fishermen and their tales of how big the fish is. Well after the big bust of all the petty street corner dudes it is nice to see a couple of mid level dealers get caught. My atta-boys are being withheld until causey pulls in the big fish. He has been at is for over 20 years and so far I dont remember a single big fish. Should've seen the one that got away! Tired of it!

Heroin Bust

Well done to the Sheriff's Department for taking so much of this evil drug off our streets. The families and friends of those with drug addictions also thank you. With ongoing busts like this one, hopefully, in time, Wilmington (and surrounding areas) will become "zero tolerance" to drug dealers and drug trafficking(sp?). Thanks again to all those involved with the drug bust!

Many thanks to the New

Many thanks to the New Hanover Sheriff's Department for taking this evil drug off our streets. Family and friends of those battling drug addiction ask that you continue your hard work until Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and surrounding areas become known as "zero tolerance" re: drugs.

Heroin Bust: New Hanover Sheriff's Department

Many thanks to New Hanover Sheriff's Department for taking this evil drug off the streets and to the person who gave the tip. Family and friends of those who are/have struggled with drug addiction thank you for your digilence and hard work.

Heroin

Forget these cheese face mothers. Yall dont know anything about the game. these cops are just puttin drugs on the table so all you idiots will give them an atta boy and re elect the crooks in power. Its not like they actually care about wilmington or its citizens. all they care about is money and power, just like the dealers. and i dont know where all u people get off acting like you have a sense of morals all of a sudden. This is the city who built a multi million dollar parkway to bypass the neighborhoods that are struggling with this situation. Instead of using that money to the fix up the hood u used it to make a way around it. Stay on ur side of town and down in landfall and dont discuss the business of wilmington. the game is the game and when u all made ur choice build MLK you said you dont care about it. so leave it be, aint nothing you can do to change it. and as far as im concerned the biggest criminals in wilmington are the narcos. shooting innocent people, how u gonna believe a word these racist people say. and im white. RBG